National Fisherman

The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week.

Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story. There you will find the asinine argument of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina that somehow commercial fishermen were catching what CCA considered "too many" Red Drum because—get this—commercial fishermen were trying to catch more Red Drum.

Now, if you've read this far in this article we think you are now ready for our argument about the absurdity of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) management nonsense.

In the simplest terms, the fundamental problem with the DMF science is that they don't know the difference between their identified independent variable (total fish species population) and their dependent variable (the fish they measure). They have no clue what the correlation is between the number of fish there are and the number that are caught. One cannot even find an attempt to determine if there are intervening variables. Then they (and CCA) treat correlation as causation. That's bogus science.

Read the full story at the Beaufort Observer>>

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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